Title: Paranoia (2013)
Director: Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde)
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, Richard Dreyfuss
Plot: Dreaming of a life of riches and excess low level tech firm employee Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth) finds himself at the mercy of his up to know good boss Nicolas Wyatt (Oldman) which involves acting as in insider at rival Jock Goddard’s (Ford) tech firm. In doing this work for his boss Adam meets potential love interest Emma (Heard) and will have to overcome increasing odds to keep his head above water.
“Privacy. Absolute myth. There’s no such thing”
Review by Eddie on 6/02/2014
See the thing is I am pretty sure that Paranoia is supposed to be a thriller and the thing with that is it’s just not in any way shape or form thrilling which virtually nullify s any chance this film had at being solid entertainment and with a cast like this mixing in old hands with the new it’s a real shame that Australia’s very own Robert Luketic couldn’t direct the cast and material into a manner that made his film 21 the entertaining jaunt it was.
To be fair it would of taken a director with some serious savvy and smarts to make this material more than adequate with a daft script and equally bland characters the film was doomed to mediocrity before a single scene had been shot. Paranoia also comes across as more self assured than it is, thinking that talking techno mumbo jumbo is going to get it across the smart line where centrally it’s story is as daft and predictable as a thriller comes. With the weak material Paranoia presents one would think with a cast like this in the film it could of still succeeded in a throwaway type of deal but sadly this is also not the case.
Not possessing any of his older brothers charm and getting lost in a myriad of designers suits former Mr. Miley Cyrus Liam Hemsworth fails in one of his first leading roles instilling Adam with not an ounce of likeability. Whilst Liam gets a big cross beside his name the older heads of the cast don’t fare much better with Gary Oldman in particular delivering what can only be described as one of his worst big screen performances as heavy hitter businessman Nicolas Wyatt. Filled with silly looking ties and a seemingly put on cockney accent Oldman completely frizzles his material with only a few tiny screentime scenes with Harrison Ford generating any real obvious recommendations.
Paranoia is a film too bland and generic to tear shreds off so therefore will not get a low of a rating as perhaps some think it deserves. It certainly is a waste of talent that signed on for the project and is further proof that Luketic is a director more fond of visuals and styles than directing his cast in a memorable fashion. File this movie away to watch if nothing else is available and if you respect Gary Oldman perhaps miss it completely.
2 designer suits out of 5